Kathryn Hahn Introduces New ‘Knives Out’ Film ‘Glass Onion’ and Receives Career Achievement Award at Chicago International Film Festival

One of the 58th Chicago International Film Festival’s centerpiece tributes brought a beloved hometown hero back to the Windy City. Emmy-nominated actress and Northwestern University graduate Kathryn Hahn, who stars in the upcoming Netflix Film “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” was honored with a Career Achievement Award on Oct. 18 ahead of a screening of the new film. 

‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

In “Glass Onion,” the standalone sequel to director Rian Johnson’s 2019 murder mysery “Knives Out,” Hahn joins a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista, along with Daniel Craig, who reprises the role of Benoit Blanc from the first film. 

Hahn calls filming “Glass Onion” and being a part of the talented ensemble “a delight.”

“I love every single one of these humans so deeply,” she said in an interview with Better on the festival red carpet. “It really was one of those experiences that I’ll never forget — that it translated to the screen as fun and fizzy as it does is chef’s kiss.” 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (L-R) Edward Norton, Madelyn Cline, Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, and Daniel Craig. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022.

Hahn went on to praise Johnson’s screenplay and lead co-star Daniel Craig. 

“It’s because of Rian Johnson and his amazing screenplay and it’s because of Daniel Craig and his incredible generosity as being a part of the ensemble — he’s such a team player.” 

But while Hahn was quick to compliment Johnson and her talented co-stars at every opportunity, it was clear that in the minds of the audience of adoring fans who began queuing in the early afternoon and packed Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre for the screening and award presentation, this night was all about Hahn. 

Photo credit Barry Brecheisen

Hahn Accepts the Career Achievement Award, Cites Chicago’s Role in Her Path

Hahn was honored with the festival’s Career Achievement Award, recognizing a prolific body of work spanning TV and film that includes films from “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003), “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Step Brothers” (2008), to the more recent “Private Life,” “Bad Moms” and “Captain Fantastic.” Recent TV credits include Apple’s “The Shrink Next Door,” HBO’s “Mrs. Fletcher” and Disney+’s “WandaVision,” which earned Hahn a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Festival Managing Director Vivian Teng, Kathryn Hahn, and Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. Photo credit Barry Brecheisen

Born in Westchester, Ill. and raised in Cleveland, Hahn credits Chicago with playing a huge part in her career path.

“I always knew from the very beginning … I was going to be an actor, but this was the city to tell me you are,” she said. She reminisced about her time as a student at Northwestern University in Evanston — “It was like the Oxford of my dreams. That library, I still dream about that library” — and even shared food memories — “This is the city where I had my first real burrito.”

But it was Chicago’s rich theater culture that played the most significant role in shaping her path, she shared.

“Taking the EL into the city — it blew my mind —the theater, the theater, the theater! … Most of my favorite actors come from Chicago and I just know them immediately — these hardworking, professional hang-up-your-costumes … ensemble-driven, egos checked, prepared and ready to explore, and writing is the thing,” she said.

Hahn called accepting the award and introducing “Glass Onion” in Chicago a full-circle moment for her, given the film’s ensemble cast and her Chicago past.

“This movie that you are about to see is that,” she said. “It’s everything. It’s Rian Johnson. It’s why it’s so crazy I’m here with this particular movie — because it feels so full circle to me of those roots. It’s ensemble … There was no movie star crap … We sang, we danced we hung out together and we just softened as a group … we were just there for each other…”

What’s Next for Hahn

Hahn is currently in production on Hulu’s limited series “Tiny Beautiful Things,” based on the eponymous best-selling novel by Cheryl Strayed, and will soon begin production on “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” coming to Disney+ in 2023.

A spinoff of Disney+ Marvel series “WandaVision,” “Agatha: Coven of Chaos” stars Hahn as fan-favorite “WandaVision” character Agatha Harkness. We asked Hahn to tell us more about the eagerly awaited series and she even gave us some inside scoop on when filming is set to begin.

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

“It’s nothing i could have ever dreamed of — to be asked to play a centuries-old witch that no one had ever heard of and then all of a sudden cut to a spinoff show,” Hahn said.

“It’s very very exciting. We’re in the middle of getting the coven ready and it’s gonna be very delicious. I’m very excited for everybody to see that. We start shooting in about a month.”

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